Theater, Politics, and Culture: constructing citizenship and participation through performance and representation in Brazil
Ariane Dalla Dea
Tuesday, February 19, 200812:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bunche Hall 10383
Los Angeles, CA 90095
This research deals with the representations of individual experiences in both theatre and politics, and how the performance of these representations produces cultural symbolisms that collaborate to either maintain or transform social patterns of exclusion in the city of Santo André. To examine these symbolic actions, I depart from theories of anthropology of experience and performance, symbols, and mimesis represented in the experiences of everyday life enacted in the practice of theater of the oppressed, and in the public speeches at the participatory budget meetings, to analyze the processes of identity, citizenship, and social change within the Brazilian cultural framework.
As doctoral candidate in Anthropology and recipient of the 2007-2008 University of California Office of the President Dissertation Year Fellowship, Ms. Dalla Déa will finish her dissertation Theater Politics, and Culture: constructing citizenship and participation through performance and representation in Brazil, in June 2008.
Ms. Dalla Déa immigrated from Brazil in 1984 and has since been involved in the Southern California Brazilian community, first as translator then as freelance journalist prior to joining the doctoral program at UCI in 2000. During her studies at UCI, she coordinated various research projects in the city of Los Angeles in the areas of labor rights, living wage, youth and violence, and HIV/AIDS. Presently she is organizing a special issue entitled “Art, Culture, and Politics: Representations of and by Latinos in the Americas” for the journal Latin American Perspectives, forthcoming in 2009.
Cost : Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute